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Prison City Pub & Brewery opens in Auburn with decorated brewer at the helm(December 21) - Benjamin Maeso was looking for the opportunity. Dawn Schulz was looking to grant it. Maeso, of Rochester, is head brewer at Schulz's new Prison City Pub & Brewery, opened Friday at the corner of State and Dill streets. Complete Story

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Flying Dog will open an experimental brewery on a Loudoun County farm
(December 21) - Flying Dog Brewery is planning to open an experimental brewery on a hop farm in Loudoun County. Farmworks Brewery, which is scheduled for a summer 2015 debut, will be a 15-barrel brewery with its own aging cellar, tasting room and other amenities, including a coolship for fermentation. It will be located on Shadow Farm, a 52-acre farm in Lucketts that will be home to Lucketts Mill Hopworks. Complete Story
Knucklehead Craft Brewing Opens in Webster, NY
(December 21) - Knucklehead Craft Brewing opened its doors to the public Saturday. The building that houses Knucklehead used to be a bar during the 1950s, and while they'll still be serving plenty of suds, a lot has changed since then. "We make the beer here," attests Knucklehead's Owner, Ken Dummer. "We have a brew house in back of the building. We have fermenters on the other side of the building with bright tanks. We're serving the beer out of big bright tanks instead of out of kegs." Website

Five last-minute beer gift ideas (other than a mixed six-pack)
(December 20) - Yes, you can buy your craft-beer-obsessed buddy a few choice bombers, a mixed six-pack or even a sampler case from a local brewery. They're all solid choices for a holiday gift. But how about a last-minute beer-themed gift that's not just a (really tasty) brewski? Complete Story
Madison brewery crafting beer without gluten
(December 20) - One barrel of beer is made per week and it can take up to six hours to bottle a single batch since the bottling line can fill only two 22-ounce bombers at a time. The brewmaster, founder and owner is doing the dishes, mopping the floor and taking out the garbage at what is one of the smallest production breweries in the country. Complete Story
Iowa Brewing coming to Cedar Rapids
(December 20) - The organizers of a proposed production brewery in downtown Cedar Rapids hope to be tapping kegs by this summer. Iowa Brewing Co. plans to renovate a pair of buildings at 708 Third St. S.E. into a 12,000-square-foot brewery and tap house. Complete Story
Big Wood Brewery in White Bear Lake, Minnesota
(December 20) - In 2009 Steve Merila was the owner of a wood flooring distribution company in Vadnais Heights. As his friend, and co-owner of Big Wood Brewery, Jason Medvec said, business had been good. But then the economy took a turn for the worse. Workers were coming in looking for a job, but were leaving empty handed. Complete Story
Surly's 'destination brewery' opens Friday morning
(December 19) - It took a new law and four years but on Friday morning the massive destination brewery for Surly Beer will open in the Prospect Park neighborhood of Minneapolis. The new 50,000 square foot structure is massive and will be home to a few different things. Beer drinkers can arrive to have any Surly beer on tap 7-days a week in the bar and a restaurant will operate there as well with chef driven menu items that range from appetizers to full meals. Complete Story

Baderbrau rebirth culminates with South Loop brewery
(December 19) - Breweries are opening at a frantic clip in Chicago, but none has quite the story behind it as Baderbrau — and that story will come full circle with the opening of a 25,000-square-foot brewery in the South Loop in 2015. The tale began in 1989 when a former Chicago police officer launched Pavichevich Brewing Co. in Elmhurst. The flagship beer was Baderbrau, a Czech-style Pilsner that quickly became the city's go-to locally-made beer. Complete Story
Founders Brewing gets Spanish partner
(December 18) - Founders Brewing now has a foreign investor. The local craft brewer announced Wednesday morning that they have formed a partnership with Mahou San Miguel, Spain's leading brewing company for 125 years. Mahou will be a minority investor with 30% ownership in the brewery. Complete Story
Full Sail Beers Sweep the World Beer Championships‏
(December 18) - Nine gold and five silver medals from the World Beer Championships have just been added to Full Sail Brewing Company’s impressive list of awards and accolades. Every single beer entered by Full Sail has earned gold or silver medals at this year’s competition. Complete Story
New Belgium Brewing joins the hop evolution with new Slow Ride Session IPA
(December 18) - After initially resisting the pressure to produce an India Pale Ale, then finding success and rolling out a whole series of hop-forward beers, New Belgium Brewing is taking the logical next step. Next month, the Fort Collins-based brewery will introduce Slow Ride Session IPA, making it the latest U.S. brewery to brew and package a low-alcohol interpretation of the top-selling craft beer style. Complete Story
Boulevard Brewing Co. releases schedule for 2015 beers
(December 18) - The Boulevard Brewing Co. has unveiled its 2015 beer release schedule, and it’s full of brand-new brews. Among them:The Kansas City brewery is adding a new year-round beer called Heavy Lifting IPA in April. The hoppy beer will join other year-round beers such as Unfiltered Wheat, Pale Ale, KC Pils, Single-Wide IPA and Pop-Up Session IPA. Complete Story
Common Roots Brewery to open in South Glens Falls, New York
(December 18) - The brewery in South Glens Falls, which has kept beer lovers on the edge of their seats for months, as they work to get their craft brews ready for the public, is going to open Friday. Common Roots Brewing announced its “soft opening” on its facebook page and Twitter feed Tuesday night. The soft opening will include pints and tastings from 4 to 11 p.m. Friday.
Next Round: A beer for the Hanukkah holiday
(December 17) - After nearly two decades of producing He'Brew brand Jewish beers, Shmaltz Brewing has finally brewed a beer for Hanukkah. Shmaltz opened its own brewery in Clifton Park, N.Y. just last year but has been making and marketing its beers since 1996. Complete Story
Oregon's two biggest breweries combine their iconic beers to create Widmer/Deschutes AltBitter
(December 17) - To celebrate 30 years, the Widmer folks partnered with several Oregon breweries big and small to create one-of-a-kind collaboration beers as an example of the great camaraderie in the Oregon craft brewing scene. The series has previously featured collaborations with Boneyard Beer, Breakside Brewery, 10 Barrel Brewing, and Gigantic Brewing. This last collaboration of the series combines the iconic beers of Oregon's two biggest breweries, Widmer Brothers Brewing and Deschutes Brewery, to create something new: AltBitter. Complete Story
Badger Hill Brewing to open in Shakopee, MN
(December 17) - One of Brittany Krekelberg’s first dates with her now-husband, Broc, was a tour of St. Paul’s Summit Brewing Company. Years later, they run a brewery of their own: Award-winning Badger Hill Brewing Company, which will soon operate Shakopee’s first craft beer taproom. Complete Story
The mysterious banker behind the world’s best-known bee
r(December 17) - He was a teenage actor who trekked the African desert with Peter O’Toole in Lawrence of Arabia. He was a three-time Olympian, in two different sports. He graduated Harvard University and then earned a Harvard MBA. He is a vice-chairman of investment banking at Citigroup, where he chairs Citi Private Bank in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region. And he’s the husband of one of the wealthiest women in the world. Complete Story
Tripel Root Brewpub set to open in former dry Zeeland, MI
(December 17) - The first-ever brewery in Zeeland marks the changing times in what was a dry city for decades. This week, Tripel Root will become the newest business to sell alcohol after city law changed in 2006. Building a business takes time and so does changing public opinion. Complete Story      
11 Below Brewing coming to Willowbrook, Texas
(December 17) - For the last 10 years, Bryce Baker, Jeff Handojo and Brandon Moss have experimented with homebrewing beer—a hobby that paid off as the friends are preparing to open their own brewery in the Willowbrook area. 11 Below Brewing will brew, package and distribute beer out of a 10,600-square-foot facility at 6820 Bourgeois Road when the business opens in February or March 2015. Complete Story
Old Black Bear launching brewery, restaurant in downtown Madison, Alabama
(December 17) - When Todd and Dawn Seaton lost their government contracting jobs at the same time a few years ago, the Huntsville couple turned what could have been a tragedy into a thriving business opportunity. Old Black Bear Brewing, which launched nearly four years ago as a contract brewery with Back Forty Beer in Gadsden, was originally a "fall back to the government contracting world." Complete Story
Making the grade at beer school
(December 16) - Deschutes Brewery and local distributor The Beer Ace recently hosted a session of beer school at Loxley's restaurant at Heritage Hotel. At each place setting was a menu of the evening's courses and what beer would be paired with each dish. Mitchell Way, a Cicerone Certified Beer Server from Ace Distributing, and Jeremy Kieffer from Deschutes Brewery were leading school. Complete Story
Garrison City Beerworks draws a thirsty crowd on its opening day in Dover, NH
(December 16) - Garrison City Beerworks served beer to a full house Saturday afternoon during its first hours of operation. Co-founder Mike Nadeau said his business partner and brewmaster, Gabe Rogers, asked him jokingly if he wanted to be the doorman for the day due to the number of people who showed up. Complete Story
21st Amendment expands $21 million San Leandro brewery
(December 16) - After breaking ground last May on 95,000 square fee t at the former Kellogg Cereal factory at 2010 Williams St., 21 st Amendment has signed a lease for an additional 58,648 square feet at the same location, according to real estate firm Cassidy Turley, which brokered the deal. Complete Story
Three Floyds: A brewery that really knows its craft
(December 14) - Nick Floyd's path to becoming one of America's most respected craft beer makers has been, to quote his brewery's motto, "not normal." His original brewing operation was pieced together out of an assortment of equipment that included an old Canfield's cola tank, gigantic wok burners and Swiss cheese fermenters he bought from a Wisconsin scrap yard. Complete Story
Sun King Brewing cuts off distribution due to state beer limit
(December 14) - Sun King Brewing announced Friday they will cut ties with distributors outside Central Indiana. Co-founder Clay Robinson said the brewery is nearing its production limit for the year in accordance with Indiana law. Now Robinson and the rest of the Indiana Brewers Guild are asking legislators to change those restrictions. Complete Story
5 reasons to love the new Surly brewery
(December 14) - Many people who drove by the site of the new Surly complex before construction began in 2012 had the same reaction: Huh? The 8-acre plot is tucked off University Avenue in a particularly un-scenic, dusty corner of Minneapolis within eyeshot of the “United Crushers” grain elevator. Patrons will judge for themselves how well the designers of the brewery overcame the setting, but here are the undisputable advantages to the Prospect Park site. Complete Story
Longmont, Boulder brewery owners embrace feminine touches
(December 14) -Including 300 Suns Brewing, seven Boulder County breweries reported women owners or co-owners in a recent survey conducted by the Times-Call. Bootstrap Brewing, The Industrial Revolution Brewing Company, Odd 13 Brewing, Shine Brewing Company, Very Nice Brewing Company and Wild Woods Brewery reported having women owners. Complete Story
Odell Brewing celebrates the return of Runoff and Winter Spring Montage
‏(December 14) - On December 19, 20 & 21, Odell Brewing will celebrate the return of its winter-spring seasonal, Runoff Red IPA. Runoff follows Isolation Ale as part of the brewery’s seasonal six pack series and just received the Gold Award for American-style Amber/Red Ales at the 2014 World Beer Cup®. Runoff is named for the crisp, clean, Rocky Mountain snowmelt that is key to not only the brewing process, but also to the local ecology. Complete Story
Starting over: Couple opens Bandit Brewery, finds joy in new simpler small town life in Darby, Montana
(December 14) - Today, people walking through its doors aren’t met with the smell of grease and oil. Instead inside this building now reborn, the aroma of hops and grain fills the air of the simply set, brand-new nano-brewery called Bandit Brewing. Complete Story
Strong Storm, Flooding Shuts Down Lagunitas Brewery In Petaluma
(December 13) - A powerful storm sweeping through the Bay Area Thursday gave employees at Lagunitas Brewery something else to swim in for a change. Water levels rose about 1 to 2 feet in the taproom and beer sanctuary, creating some of the worst flooding Lagunitas has seen in about five years, according digital marketing manager Jack Alger. Complete Story
Block Brewing to open in Howell, Michigan
(December 13) - There's a new kid on the block in Livingston County's growing craft and microbrewery community. Block Brewing Co. is set to open Wednesday in Howell. The brewery and restaurant has set up shop at the former Shark Club site on South Michigan Avenue but almost no traces, from pinball games to charity poker nights, will remain. Complete Story
Blue Collar Brewery serves up suds and sports in Poughkeepsie, NY(December 13) - Blue Collar Brewery, the brainchild of a home-brewing father-and-son team, opened early in November and immediately became a household name. After stopping in during their first weekend in business, I told people about the extra-malty IPA and most responded with, “I heard about that place, how was it!?” My answer? It was friendly, delicious and the kind of place where you can while away an entire Saturday. Complete Story

Brewers look to unique names to attract customers(December 12) -What's in a name? Plenty for area breweries and craft beers. Breweries in North and South Carolina — and everywhere else — are constantly on the lookout for clever names for their products. And it is getting more difficult, with 3,100 craft breweries across the country, more than three dozen in Western North Carolina and six in Upstate South Carolina. Complete Story
Rogue Brewery Unvels Sriracha Hot Stout Beer
(December 12) - An Oregon brewery is trying to spice things up by rolling out a new beer that's both hot and cold. Rogue brewery just unveiled its new Sriracha Hot Stout beer. It's made with hops and hot chili sauce to give it a very unique flavor. Complete Story
Oskar Blues Brewery releases Pinner Throwback IPA
(December 12) - Oskar Blues Pinner Throwback IPA comes in at 4.9 percent ABV and 35 IBUs, this primo dry-hopped brew will be easy to throw back. To put it bluntly, PINNER will be the lowest year-round ABV beer to blaze out of Oskar Blues' brewhouses. Complete Story
Genesee builds Christmas tree out of kegs
(December 12) - A New York brewery has constructed a Christmas tree out of hundreds of beer kegs. All that's missing is the beer. The Genesee Brewing built the 23-foot-high Christmas tree out of 300 stainless steel kegs outsides its Brew House in downtown Rochester. Complete Story
Finch's Beer Company Looks to Build New Brewery on the River
(December 12) - Beer brewing has become a very big business in Chicago, and one more local brewer is looking to step up its game by building a new 80,000 square foot brewery along the North Branch of the Chicago River in Lincoln Park. Finch's Beer Company has recently announced its intentions to build a large new campus in two phases, which will include a brewing facility, tap room and shop. Complete Story
Delta Just Added 7 Craft Beers To Its Inflight Menu, And Sometimes They're Free
(December 12) - Exciting news for beer-loving travelers: Seven new craft beers are now available on Delta's domestic flights, and on some flights, you get to drink for free. "We started our craft beer program earlier this year with SweetWater Brewery based in Atlanta," Modolo said. "It was stocked on all Delta flights bound for LGA starting April 1. The customer response was great so we expanded SweetWater in July to six other markets. The additional seven craft brews announced all started flying last week." Complete Story
Danny Boy Beer Works Set to Open in Hamilton County, Indiana
(December 12) - Danny Boy Beer Works, located in Carmel's West Clay area at 12702 Meeting House Road, will host its grand opening in January 2015. Danny Boy Beer Works will feature up to 10 Danny Boy beers and 30 rotating guest beers. Inspired by architecture associated with firehouses, several large garage doors surround the outside walls while a "TANK 13" sign marks the building's exterior. Complete Story
Two Brothers Tap House and Brewery coming to Scottsdale
(December 12) - Brothers Jim and Jason Ebel hope to open Two Brothers Tap House and Brewery by Feb. 1, in time for the Super Bowl in Glendale. The 8,165-square-foot space is on the southeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Drinkwater Boulevard in downtown Scottsdale, the previous home of Saddle Ranch Chop House. Complete Story

Wisconsin man blames beer-battered fish during drunken driving stop(December 12) - A Wisconsin man told a sheriff's deputy he had not been drinking, but rather eating beer-battered fish when he was pulled over for what could be his 10th drunken driving offense, according to an incident report released on Wednesday. Complete Story

Avery Brewing Releases Barrel-Aged Grape-Beer Hybrids
(December 11) - This Sunday Avery Brewing Company is having a party in honor of No. 24 and No. 25 in their Barrel-Aged Series, Spontanea and Einzigartig. This is Avery’s second time to release grape-beer hybrids, a rare category that incorporates both malted barley and grape must. Adam Avery, founder and CEO of Avery Brewing, says, “They came from our love of stretching the boundaries of what beer can be.” Complete Story
Brewers Association Announces The Year in Beer: 2014 Craft Beer in Review
(December 10) - U.S. brewery count returns to historic levels. In November, the United States passed the mark of 3,200 brewers in the country and the number of brewery licenses reached the highest ever, topping 4,500 in the first sixth months of the year. Complete Story
10 Best Beer Cities
(December 10) - We wouldn’t have cities at all if it weren’t for beer because beer is the root of all civilization. For thousands of years, humans have been creating batches big and small of this wonderful combination of water, malt, hops and yeast. In recent decades, breweries have sprung up all over America - in towns big and small – evolving the art and science of brewing into a craft. Complete Story
Historic Johnson City depot to be transformed into new brewery
(December 10) - Developers are trying to hold it back, but information about a new downtown project is spilling out like foam from a freshly poured pilsner. On Tuesday, a pair of workers crawled from side-to-side across the facade of the former East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad (the Tweetsie) depot at 126 Buffalo St. in downtown Johnson City, power washing away years of paint and grime. Complete Story
In crowded marketplace, breweries search for clever identities
(December 10) - What's in a name? Plenty for area breweries and craft beers. Breweries in North and South Carolina — and everywhere else — are constantly on the lookout for clever names for their products. Complete Story
Counting craft beer calories
(December 9) - Ever wonder how many calories you are drinking when you crack open a bottle of beer? How about a craft beer? Nutritional information is rarely marked on alcoholic beverages. and for some people, ignorance is bliss. But a lot of people would like to know how much they’re consuming in a beer or two or three. When you toss back a brew, these little grains are the calorie culprit. Complete Story
How Boston Beer’s Jim Koch got the big brewers to follow him
(December 9) -Jim Koch’s history with his Samuel Adams beer brand has spanned a tumultuous 30 years. But it’s the story of the next three decades that’s off to an even more fascinating start. Samuel Adams stems from a Vienna lager recipe handed down from his father that Koch first brewed in his kitchen in 1984. Complete Story
Great Lakes Brewing Co. to change logo; 2015 beer schedule released
(December 9) - Great Lakes Brewing Co. has announced it will change its logo and packaging in 2015, believed to be the first major update the logo has seen since the brewery was founded in 1988. The monthly beer-release calendar also has been scheduled. Complete Story
Arcade Brewery marries comics, beer in a 6-pack
(December 9) - When Arcade Brewery co-founder Lance Curran picks up his new comic books each Wednesday, he says, he likes to read them while enjoying a good beer. "I'm a comic book collector," he told RedEye on Monday. "You need a beer and a comic that goes together." Complete Story
Land-Grant Brewing Using Vandalism To Help Others
(December 9) - A central Ohio business hit by vandals says the crime is actually serving as an inspiration to give back to its community. Employees at Land-Grant Brewing Company say someone threw paint-filled balloons at the front of the Franklinton business early Sunday morning. Complete Story
Asheville breweries spice up winter with new hoppy offerings
(December 8) - Sierra Nevada’s Harvest Wild Hop IPA is hitting stores now and will be available through January. However, it’s not the only brewery going big with hops this month. Green Man specialty brewer Mike Karnowski decided hops would play the starring role in Green Man’s commemorative batch number 666. Dubbed “The Beast,” the beer will be a triple IPA that weighs in at 11.3 percent ABV. Complete Story
Brooks on Beer: Anchor's Christmas Ale
(December 7) - in 1975, Anchor's crew decided it was time to create another new tradition: the Christmas beer. The version that they brewed in 1975 was a brown ale, another style fairly unknown outside England. Local artist Jim Stitt created a simple label with the silhouette of a Christmas tree. The next year, a giant sequoia graced the label, and in 1977, it was a Douglas fir. For those first few years, Anchor Christmas Ale -- whose official name is actually "Our Special Ale" -- was a pale ale based on Liberty Ale, with tweaks each year to make each one a little different. Complete Story
Oakland Raiders Has the NFL’s Most Expensive Beer
(December 7) - The Oakland Raiders—who are just 1-11 on the year as of Sunday morning—have the most expensive beer independent of stadium size, followed in short order by the somewhat-adjacent San Francisco 49ers, whose move to a new home at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. prompted a 40.1% increase in the price of an average ticket. Complete Story
Denver start-up brews beer-making innovation
(December 7) - As the craft brewing industry grows and competition increases, a Denver start-up is betting brewers will want technology that cuts costs and makes their operations more efficient. Early in 2015, Sustainable Beverage Technologies will introduce BrewVo, a patented process for brewing beer into a liquid concentrate and then mixing it with water using the same dispensing equipment that restaurants use for soft drinks. Complete Story
Founders Brewing plans $40M expansion
(December 7) - Founders Brewing, a downtown Grand Rapids institution that grew from two hopeful co-founders into a major beer influence, is embarking on a $40-million expansion that will grow its operation over its entire current city block. Co-owners Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers have grown the business from 1997 into a 275-employee, 200,000-barrel-a-year operation. Complete Story
The Commons Brewery turns three on the verge of another expansion
(December 7) - Five years ago Mike Wright brewed on a one-barrel system in his Southeast Portland garage as Beetje Brewing. In 2011 he took the plunge and bought a bigger system, leased commercial space and hired a crew (and soon enough quit his day job) to start The Commons Brewery, which has since won hundreds of devoted fans, several national medals and inclusion on Draft Magazine's recent list of 25 U.S. Breweries you should know. Complete Story
Railtown Brewing opens this week in Dutton, MI
(December 7) - After several years of brewing beer at home, Justin Buiter and Gim Lee decided to turn their passion into a business. The partners have located the latest addition to the West Michigan beer industry in Gaines Township, where Railtown Brewing Co. will open to the public for the first time from 3 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Dec. 12. Complete Story

Alamo Beer brewery ribbon-cutting draws protesters
(December 6) - The Alamo Beer Company is now officially brewing in the City of San Antonio for the first time since prohibition. "It's huge! This is 11 years in the making," said company president Eugene Simor. Simor had a crowd of dozens -- including many elected officials -- celebrating with him at his ribbon-cutting Friday morning. Complete Story
Firestone Walker Brewery marks 18 years with $24 anniversary bottle
s(December 6) - In what’s become a late-autumn tradition, co-founder of Firestone Walker Brewery David Walker clamored on top of the bar alongside Blue Palms Brewhouse owner Brian Lenzo to introduce the brewery’s blended anniversary beer to a thirsty, adoring crowd, and he also spilled a few details about the upcoming Venice Beach expansion. Complete Story
Sam Adams’ new window looks at local brewing history
(December 6) - Inside the Boston Beer Company’s Samuel Adams brewery in the West End, figures from Cincinnati’s long brewing tradition now oversee aging barrels of Kosmic Mother Funk. The men – at least, their likenesses – gaze down from newly unveiled six-foot by eight-foot stained glass windows in the Barrel Room of the brewery. Complete Story
Gainesville, Virginia’s first nano-brewery opens
(December 6) - The Tin Cannon Brewery opened Nov. 28 in the Gainesville Business Center at 7679 Limestone Drive, Suite130, Gainesville. The brewery is owned by two experienced craft beer home brewers, John Hilkert and Aaron Ludwig. Tin Cannon’s beers will be brewed, kegged and served onsite. Complete Story
Genesee Brewery to relaunch beer from Prohibition days
(December 6) - To mark Repeal Day, Genesee Brew House is launching a beer similar to one that was sampled in the Rochester area prior to Prohibition being repealed. Prohibition ended Dec. 5, 1933. Under a special permit, U-219, Genesee reopened the brewery on April 27, 1933, more than eight months before the repeal of the 18th Amendment, which ended Prohibition. Complete Story
Now You Can Farm Out Your Beer Run
(December 6) -Free shipping has helped drive e-commerce sales for companies from Gap to Williams-Sonoma . Now, it’s coming to the world of beer. This weekend MillerCoors LLC will offer free delivery of Miller Lite in four U.S. cities for customers who order through an online store it designed with a year-old alcohol-delivery company called Drizly Inc. Complete Story
Olde Mecklenburg wins Best Brewery Tour
(December 4) -he Queen City's oldest and largest craft brewery now has a new accomplishment to be proud of. Voters pick Olde Mecklenburg Brewery as having the best brewery tour in the United States in a USA Today 10Best poll. OMB topped breweries like Budweiser's in St. Louis and Sam Adams in Boston, in addition to 17 others. Complete Story

New breweries must be unique
(December 4) - Open Brewing is unlike any brewery in Asheville — which is just what you need to survive in this beer-crazy place. Skilled home brewers like the great Dave Keller will make amazing home beers on the professional system. Keller did a strong Scotch ale, and a word here — whatever this guy brews, it's going to be stellar. He's one of the stars of the home brew world. Complete Story

Friends open Cademon Brewing Co. in Genoa, IL
(December 4) - On Monday, Andrew Nordman and Brian Matejka opened Cademon Brewing Co., 217 W. Main St., Genoa, and the brewery had its grand opening Wednesday. “At first, we actually both didn’t like the taste of mainstream beers,” Matejka said. “It was only after Andrew started home brewing that we realized that there are hundreds of different styles of beers, each with their own style and flavor.” Complete Story
Beer goes open-source: Why one brewery is sharing its recipes(December 3) - In St. Paul, Minnesota, the Tin Whiskers brewery only started hand-bottling its beers a couple of weeks ago, but it has already shared the recipes online. That means if you want to learn how to make its Flip Switch IPA, you can just visit its website and get a detailed list of ingredients and brewing instructions. Complete Story 
Carillon Brewing set to debut two beers Dec. 11 in Dayton, OH
(December 2) - Ohio’s newest brewery is also one of its oldest. The Carillon Brewing Co., housed at the 65-acre Carillon Historical Park in Dayton, recreates brewing from the 1850s. And the folks behind the brewery — considered the first of its kind in the U.S. — take that historical mission seriously. Complete Story 
Ponysaurus Brewing Co. to open brewery and taproom on Hood Street
(December 1) - Ponysaurus Brewing Co. may have to reconsider its name. It is on the verge of outgrowing pony status and developing into a full-fledged racehorse. The nano brewery now located above The Cookery is expanding to a new brewing facility on the corner of Durham's Hood and Ramseur streets. The move, planned for this coming spring, will expand the company's brewing capacity from 180 barrels a year to 2,000 barrels. Complete Story
All beer lovers should try these 5 winter brews
(December 1) - Winter seasonals are characterized by their rich, sweet flavors and  high alcohol content. These are the months where it's not uncommon to see an entire shelf full of beers that have been aged in whiskey barrels, or a cooler stocked with "spiced" ales. Complete Story
Lost Borough Brewing Opens In Rochester
(December 1) - A new craft brewery opened in Rochester this week. Lost Borough Brewing is located on Culver Road Near Sticky Lips Barbecue. The founders decided to turn their love of home brewing into a business. They raised capital on Kickstarter to get things going. About 200 people donated online. Complete Story   
Accomplice Brewery Brings Gluten-Free Brewing to West Palm Beach
(November 27) - Today, South Florida's gluten-free crowd desiring a truly tasty, local craft brew may have something to look forward to. West Palm Beach residents Matt Stetson and his girlfriend Felonice Merriman have plans to bring the city its first production beer and cider brewery. But not just any brewery -- a gluten-free one. Complete Story
8 Minnesota breweries to be thankful for
(November 27) - In Minnesota winter seems to be the longest season. It shortens our autumn and delays spring. Though snow has fallen, we still can enjoy autumn food and drink. Minnesotans should be ecstatic with the beer selection that their state has to offer. Complete Story
Figueroa Mountain Brewing to open in Arroyo Grande
(November 27) - Figueroa Mountain Brewing which already has taprooms in Buellton, Los Olivos and Santa Barbara, recently opened a taproom and brewery on Betteravia Road in Santa Maria. It also plans to open another in Westlake Village in mid-December and is considering opening one in San Luis Obispo as part of a new commercial development at the northeast corner of South Higuera Street and Tank Farm Road. Complete Story

Cheers! 18th Asheville brewery opening
(November 27) - Open Brewing will be unveiled Dec. 3 in what had been a Thirsty Monk pub location at 20 Gala Drive off Hendersonville Road. It will have a unique format, inviting skilled home brewers to make beers on its professional system, brewery spokesman Chall Gray said. Complete Story
Blank Slate Brewing expands, opens taproom in Cincinnati
(November 25) - Blank Slate Brewing Co. in the East End is opening a taproom that will be the only place where Cincinnatians can drink all of its beers in the same place. "When we started, we were about 90 percent done with opening a small production brewery when the laws changed to allow taprooms," he said. "We really didn't have the space or the money to do that at the time. It wasn't until earlier this year that we were able to procure the space and build out."  Complete Story
Mudbug Brewery opens in Thibodeaux, Louisiana
(November 24) - Mudbug Brewery has become the 13th production brewery in Louisiana. Brewery partners Leith Adams, Brance Lloyd and Peter Leichty have announced they've achieved the final step to become a working brewery — Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission (ATC) approval. Complete Story
Central Michigan University brews state's 1st beer making certificate program
(November 23) -Some have wondered why more beer is needed at Central Michigan University. "In every glass of beer there is an amazing amount of biology, chemistry, biochemistry and engineering," said Cordell DeMattei, CMU's director of fermentation science. "There is a lot of science and technology in every glass." Complete Story
Sierra Nevada Brewing’s ambitions spill over to the East Coast
(November 23) - When Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Chico, Calif., decided to expand to a second brewing facility across the country in Mills River, N.C., there was a lot on the line, as the company was spending over $100 million and beer production would top a heady 1 million barrels of beer a year. Complete Story
Rentsch Brewery to open in Georgetown next year
(November 23) - Georgetown, Austin’s neighbor to the north, is so eager for a brewery in the downtown area that the town’s Main Street Program held a recent forum to explore that possibility. Rentsch Brewery, a father-and-son operation, is opening early next year, and Bull Creek Brewing on the other side of town is reopening with a larger brewing system after producing small batches of beer for more than a year. Complete Story
Scriptown Brewing Company to Open on December 1 in Omaha, Nebraska
(November 23) - Omaha’s newest brewery has an official opening date. Scriptown Brewing Company will start serving its beers on Dec. 1, beginning at 4 p.m. The brewery, located at 3922 Farnam St., will have seven original beers available including a Nutjob Brown Ale, Lone Tree Session IPA and Mild Mannered, a British mild ale. 

Siskiyou Brew Works opens in McCloud, California(November 23) - The brewpub is located inside the historic McCloud dairy barn, known as The Red Barn. It was built in 1900. In our build out, recycled materials from the Barn were used as much as possible and the ceilings were raised to 9'. Website

Forest City Brewery embraces history as it sets to open in Cleveland
(November 21) - The 1915 building once was a former tavern house, appropriate for its latest incarnation. Construction will include reclaimed wood from a nearby home that dates to the 1880s. The part of the building that will house the brewery has a barn-like look to it, with high wooden strips forming the rafters. And in a neat homage to the past, bricks were salvaged from a former Forest City Brewery. Complete Story
Funky Buddha Brewery will begin bottling beer in December — including maple-bacon beer!
(November 21) - The Funky Buddha is going mainstream. Relax, the Boca Raton and Oakland Park-based brewery is still wild about unexpected beer flavors — only now those concoctions will be available at a retailer near you. The brewery will begin bottling and distributing its beer all over South Florida beginning Dec. 10. Complete Story

Noble Rey Brewery Is Headed to the Dallas Design District, Which Has Become Dallas' Beer District
(November 20) - The Design District is on its way to becoming known for its beer culture as much as it is high end furniture and art galleries. The folks behind Noble Ray Brewery have announced they'll be setting up shop as the fourth beer maker in the neighborhood. Complete Story
Tampa Heights to get big new brewery and tasting room
(November 20) - Joshua Garman and Austin Good became brew buddies a little over a year ago, and by this spring they'd forged a partnership.The tandem just signed a lease for a 7,500-square-foot warehouse space on Franklin Street in Tampa Heights. Complete Story
Powder Hollow Brewery Announces Nov. 23 Opening in Enfield, CT
(November 18) - Mike McManus is getting ready to welcome beer drinkers to the grand opening of his new brewery, Powder Hollow Brewery LLC, on Nov. 23. Located in the Scitico section of town, next to the Scantic River, McManus said the brewery at 504 Hazard Ave is close to where he spent time growing up and played baseball, hiked and biked through Powder Hollow and the Scantic River Park.  Complete Story

Bavarian Brewery allies using light show, Kickstarter
(November 15) - Supporters wanting to save the Bavarian Brewing Co. building in Covington have turned to a Kickstarter campaign and a light show to aid their cause. The loose-knit group on Saturday, Sunday and Monday will stage protests against the 19th Century brewery's possible demolition, including a Lumenocity-like light show Sunday night projected on the building, called Bavarianocity. That will begin at 7 p.m. Complete Story

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 WT Brews: Onondaga County's newest brewery starts quietly in Baldwinsville, NY(November 15) - WT Brews opened two weeks ago near Baldwinsville. The tiny brewery run by Mike Johnson and Rich Pinkowski is operating at 3482 Patchett Road, off River Road just east of the village. For now it has irregular hours, and will sell most of its beers at the indoor Greater Baldwinsville Farmers Market and the CNY Regional Market. Complete Story
Arch Rock Brewing, the little Oregon brewery that could
(November 15) - Drive down U.S. 101 about as far as you can go before you leave Oregon, pass through this seaside town, population 2,250, then drive a little further. Take the road on the left that slips up toward the hills, continue over a dilapidated bridge and you'll find a small cluster of businesses: a locals bar, a company that makes sea-tight doors for boats and Arch Rock, the little brewery that could. Complete Story  

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